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in motion

bookmark clearance

Everything must go!

* "Leonard Cohen's Return" -- Sasha Frere-Jones looks at four decades of L. Cohen

The film, a documentary called “Ladies and Gentlemen . . . Mr. Leonard Cohen,” was intended to follow four Canadian poets on a reading tour. By the final cut, the introspective, deadpan thirty-year-old Cohen had stolen it. We watch him on Canadian television, cheekily telling an interviewer, “I haven’t a single concern” except to discover each morning whether he has woken in “a state of grace.” (If not, he says, he goes back to bed.)

* Wired: Clive Thompson on the New Literacy

Lunsford's team found that the students were remarkably adept at what rhetoricians call kairos—assessing their audience and adapting their tone and technique to best get their point across. The modern world of online writing, particularly in chat and on discussion threads, is conversational and public, which makes it closer to the Greek tradition of argument than the asynchronous letter and essay writing of 50 years ago.

* Iggy Pop's concert rider goes well beyond the standard requests for sound systems and backstage snacks.  Apparently written by his roadie, Jos Grain, it's an 18-page document that rambles away on mad tangents in every direction. For example, in the section on the band's lighting requirements:

[This was written by someone who doesn't really know what he's talking about. I cannot tell a lie. Lights-wisely speaking, I'm an absolute arse-head. But I know what I like. And although nobody goes home whistling the lights, it's also true that no-one goes to gigs to stare at the fucking P.A. stacks.]

We had a lighting designer once, but he went mad so we shot him. It was the kindest thing. Now he's a light of a different kind, one of God's little Gobos in Dimmer Heaven.

* Where I Write: Fantasy & Science Fiction Authors In Their Creative Spaces. Kyle Cassidy photographs where books are born.  (Also: Greg Frost, I covet that rocky room, not to mention your mile-long sofa.)

* And finally, let's end on a random photo of baby fawn-n-bobcat snuggling. Because OH MY GOD. *squish*

"The Jesusita Fire in Santa Barbara, CA last week caused these two to take shelter together. The fawn is 3 days old and the bobcat about 3 weeks. The fawn came from somewhere in the fire and the bobcat from Carpentaria. They immediately bonded and snuggled together under a desk in the Santa Barbara County Dispatch Office for several hours."
in motion

items of interest

I will clear out my stockpile of bookmarked links if it kills me.  Here are some items I find to be of interest and perhaps YOU WILL TOO.

* Jim Hines posts an ode to slush reading, Dr. Seuss style:

Do you like fanfic with vamps?

I do not like them Mary Sue.
Why do these vamps all worship you?

* Justice to J.D. Salinger - published in the New York Review of Books several years back, but I only happened across it this week, and if you love Salinger as I do, maybe you'll share my delight in Janet Malcolm's take on Franny and Zooey.

* Pattern recognition: A dialogue on racism in fan communities -- a thoughtful conversation at Transformative Works and Cultures, about race and how it gets discussed (especially online) within SF fandom.

* I would really like to get my mitts on a copy of Carl Jung's soon-to-be-published Red Book.

This is a story about a nearly 100-year-old book, bound in red leather, which has spent the last quarter century secreted away in a bank vault in Switzerland. The book is big and heavy and its spine is etched with gold letters that say “Liber Novus,” which is Latin for “New Book.” Its pages are made from thick cream-colored parchment and filled with paintings of otherworldly creatures and handwritten dialogues with gods and devils. If you didn’t know the book’s vintage, you might confuse it for a lost medieval tome. [...]

This could sound, I realize, like the start of a spy novel or a Hollywood bank caper, but it is rather a story about genius and madness, as well as possession and obsession, with one object — this old, unusual book — skating among those things. Also, there are a lot of Jungians involved, a species of thinkers who subscribe to the theories of Carl Jung, the Swiss psychiatrist and author of the big red leather book. And Jungians, almost by definition, tend to get enthused anytime something previously hidden reveals itself, when whatever’s been underground finally makes it to the surface.
(You know what gets me, as much as anything else? The pictures.)

in motion

various and sundry

  • Brass Goggles collects beautiful steampunk creations.  I covet them all, most recently the Opti-Transcripticon.
Now, isn’t the above a perfectly lovely looking grimoire?  With that metal latch and embossed gold pattern, down to the little brass corners, it looks like its a book that has some really important things in it - well, much to many people’s surprise I’m sure - its actually a modded flatbed scanner!
Yummy.  Follow through on the link to other projects at Datamancer.net.  (More covet: teknogrimoire.) 
  • Time-lapse Picassos are fascinating.  Picasso always gets referred to as an example of "first know the formal rules, then break them", but these videos show that concept in action.  Classical art right up through the late stages, when it mutates into something unexpected.
After the first experiment, mirrors were no longer necessary to fool the young birds. Other young birds learned to mob the milk can by simply watching the birds that had been fooled with mirrors.

there is a place if you want to proceed
you could encounter a person that will adore you
then you proceed and you are on your feet by yourself
you return to your residence
and you whimper and you wish to cease to exist
What's yours?